Yellowstone Information, Photos, and More
Welcome to my Yellowstone page, a hub for my Yellowstone photos and pictures, videos, and other useful Yellowstone information and links. Hopefully the information and recommendations will help you plan your own trip to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of my favorite places for wildlife adventures. If you’d like to join me on a Yellowstone photo tour, please click here.
Yellowstone Winter 2022
I was back in the park to lead two winter photo tours in January of 2022. Once again, these proved to be fruitful and fun adventures, as I was joined by two terrific groups of clients. The photos from this visit are finally up in the archive.
Both trips had some nice wildlife highlights. The first group was blessed with a memorable close wolf encounter, and we had marten sightings during both tours. The second tour was highlighted by some really fantastic “bisonscape” photo ops.
If you’re interested in joining me on a future Yellowstone adventure, I have both winter and spring tours lined up for 2023. Please visit my tours and workshops page.
From the Blog
It’s time to start looking back at 2022. As usual, my year in review content kicks off with the...December 6, 2022
- November 28, 2022
I’ve just wrapped processing on my January 2022 photos from Yellowstone. I was in the park again to lead...June 13, 2022
The 2023 nature and wildlife calendar collection is here! This marks my eighteenth year publishing wall calendars. Though it’s...June 2, 2022
We’ve reached the climax of the March WILDERness bracket. My followers on Facebook and Instagram have picked favorites between...April 5, 2022
Here’s where we stand after the first two rounds of the March WILDERness bracket. My followers on Facebook and...March 30, 2022
We successfully completed the first round in my first-ever (and perhaps only—it’s a lot of work!) March WILDERness bracket. My followers...March 25, 2022
It’s bracket time here in the States, so I’ve decided to put together a bracket featuring sixty-four different species,...March 15, 2022
Things are changing rapidly on the photo tour front. I wanted to post a quick update about where things...February 28, 2022
Birds are fascinating creatures. As I’ve previously written, I’ve developed a greater appreciation for them over the years, in...February 14, 2022
January 28, 2022 We hit -21F Friday morning. Yeah, that was cold, though honestly, I felt worse when it...January 29, 2022
January 25, 2022 Pretty much every day now starts with a wolf search. Monday produced several nice bison moments,...January 27, 2022
See More Yellowstone Photos
I’m slowly adding images to the archive. Some Yellowstone galleries are already up. View the photos in the Yellowstone & Grand Tetons collection here.
Below is a packing list I put together for one of our Yellowstone road trips many years ago. This was intended to give the first-timers coming with us an idea of what they might need to bring on a road trip to Yellowstone.
Things to keep in mind: this list is catered to a group of people who intend to “car camp” in one of Yellowstone’s many official camp sites during the summer. The items on this list may not all apply to your group, vehicle, time of travel or camping/lodging situation. It is intended as a general reference and a good basis for a packing list.
Please remember that Yellowstone is Bear Country! It’s important to keep your campsite clean at all times, to dispose of food and trash in designated, bear-proof containers and to lock items in your car at night. Do not leave any food or other scented items (including toiletries) in your tent, as that will attract bears. Help keep Yellowstone safe for both visitors and animals!
- Two-Burner Propane stove
- Propane canisters for stove
- Disposable Paper Plates
- Disposable Paper Bowls
- Plastic flatware
- Set of silverware (emergency)
- Wooden spoon
- Paper towels
- Sanitary wipes
- Hot dog skewers
- Medium-large cooler
- Tupperware container (keeps items dry in cooler)
- Plastic grocery bags (for garbage)
- Gallon and sandwich ziploc bags
- Sponge + dish soap
- First Aid Kit, moleskin
- Tarps (extra rain cover)
- Rope, in case tarp needs to be hung
- Folding Camping Chairs
- Your favorite Mug
- Water bottle (for hikes)
- Sleeping Bag
- Air mattress
- Bug repellant
- Sun screen
- Hat (for sun)
- Hat (for cold)
- Rain jacket
- Thick/Warm socks
- X trainer/hiking shoes or boots
- Sandals/flip flops (shower)
- Toiletries, including soap/shampoo
- Towel (though these can be “rented” at certain public showers)
- Swimsuit (you never know)
- Camera gear!
- Bear spray
- Small Backpack (for hikes)
Yellowstone Photo Tours
I am a licensed guide and tour operator in Yellowstone National Park. Here’s a list of my upcoming photo tours, in case you are interested in joining me on a future adventure.
- Yellowstone Winter Tours: January 2023
- Yellowstone Spring Wildlife Tour: June 3 – 9, 2023
I am also available for private and customized tours.
Recommended Photo Gear
Here is a list of photo equipment and accessories that I recommend for wildlife photography in Yellowstone. Due to the wide open spaces and wildlife distance regulations, long lenses are recommended. I typically recommend a minimum of 300mm, but even 500-600mm may leave you wanting on occasion. For bodies, something with better high ISO handling is a good idea simply because foul weather and darker conditions are common in the park.
- Induro CT314 tripod
- Traditional Gimbal Head or Really Right Stuff BH-55 ballhead w/Wimberley Sidekick
- Nexto DI 500GB Storage Device
Also in the Bag
- 50+ GB worth of memory cards
- Pixel Pocket Rocket
- 4-6 camera batteries
- Wonpro powerbar and cord
- Lens cloth, pen brush
- Rain covers
- Sensor cleaning kit or vinyl makeup brushes
For trips to Yellowstone, your bag choice may depend on how you’re getting to the park. If driving, you have room for a larger roller bag or backpack, such as the excellent bags made by ThinkTank Photo. If you’re flying, you may be forced to take smaller planes (even “commuter jets”), in which case more compact photo packs may be more appropriate. Those made by ThinkTank and MindShift Gear may fit the bill.
When hiking, I prefer to carry my photo gear in pouches rather than a large photo pack, so that lenses and equipment are within reach. Think Tank’s Skin System works for me.
- Skin Belt
- Pixel Racing Harness
- Skin Double Wide
- Skin Chimp Cage
- Skin 50
- Skin Strobe
- Two RU Thirsty pouches
Purchase a Think Tank pouch system or other items over $50 using the links above and get a free gift (usually a pretty nice accessory). Thanks for your support!